Body of Christ
D. K. Henry
March 15, 2000
Morning, sometime ago I had a dream/vision in which Christ,
Yahshua came into the room and sat down at a table opposite
me and we talked about my sin. One thing that impressed
me was that he came without his body. His head was complete
and I could look directly into his eyes but his body was just
a dotted outline that I could see through. He picked
up and set down things with his dotted line hands but you
could see right through them. Afterward when pondering
what I had seen and heard I realized that he is working every
day preparing his body. So this morning we will talk
about that body.
Since the time
of the prophets we have had advance written accounts of most
major events and important persons in scripture.
The scriptures foretold in great detail the coming
and travail of Yahshua who is the head of the Body of Christ.
He was first mentioned as the seed of the woman in
he was described under several different names such as, a
prophet, my servant, my Son, the Branch, the root of Jessee,
the Prince. When
we put all of these accounts together we have a composite
picture of Christ and his mission.
The next most important
person after Christ is that corporate Body of Christ that
is mentioned several places in scripture but very poorly understood
by most church people.
Much of the misunderstanding is because his body is
described in scripture under several different names and often
confused with the Bride of Christ, which is a very different
group. The Body
of Christ is a very small masculine group while the Bride
of Christ is a very large feminine group.
Some of the names
given to the Body of Christ in scripture are, the 144,000,
the over comers, the first fruits company, the Benjamin company,
the man child. Also
many allegories about the Body.
Micah 5:1-3, “Now
gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid
siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with
a rod upon the cheek.
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he
come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel:
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Therefore will he
give them up, until the time that she
which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his
brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.“
In this scripture it is obvious that the he mentioned is Christ so who is the she that is in travail and why is he waiting for her to be delivered?
Note that he, (Christ)
is giving up the smiters and holding something in abeyance
until the she, which is in travail, has delivered.
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head
a crown of twelve stars.
And she being with child cried, travailing
in birth, and pain to be delivered.
And there appeared another wonder in heaven: and behold
a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and
seven crowns upon his heads.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,
and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before
the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her
child as soon as it was born.
brought forth a man
child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of
iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to
The woman is identified
as Israel by the logo of the sun, the moon and the twelve
stars that Jacob identified as being his family back in Genesis
37:9-10, so who is the man-child that she brings forth and
why is the dragon so intent on destroying this man-child? Also note that this man-child is delivered during a period
of great pain and travail for the people of Israel.
Most all churches
will tell you that this man-child is Christ, which is not
is telling the story.
This man child
is the corporate Body of Christ and he is waiting for his
body to be birthed so when he returns in person it will be
with his body. Then
he will deal with the smiters.
On resurrection day Christ was birthed into the spirit
realm and he is waiting for his body to be birthed into the
spirit realm where they will be like him and be his brothers.
They together will rule the nations with a rod of iron.
2:26-27, “ And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works
unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, AND
HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON: AS THE VESSELS
OF A POTTER SHALL THEY BE BROKEN TO SHIVERS: even as I received
of my Father.” His
body, the overcomers, will rule with him.
seen the Body of Christ called a man child and also
the overcomers so now let us look at the 144,000.
“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the
four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth,
that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea,
nor on any tree. And
I saw another angel/messenger ascending from the east, having
the seal of the living
God: and he cried
with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given
to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth,
neither the sea, nor the trees, til we have sealed
the servants of our God in their foreheads.
And I heard the number of them that were sealed: and
there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of
all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
Note that they
were sealed with the seal of the living God and he
put it in their foreheads.
What is the seal of the living God?
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount of Zion,
and with him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having
his Father’s name written in
And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many
waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the
voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as
it were a new song before the throne, and before the four
beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but
the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed
from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women: for
they virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the
firstfruits unto God and unto the Lamb.”
When he says redeemed from among men he means out from
among men, that he is choosing one here and one there out
from among men. Here they are called the 144,000 and
also the firstfruits company.
Also note that
the angels were/are holding back the winds of war until the
last of them are sealed.
An item of great
importance is the seal of the living God, his name,
written in their foreheads.
This is a sign of paternity, sonship, you give your
family name to your sons; your daughter takes the family
name of her husband.
These are sons birthed into the spirit realm under
the marriage covenant made at Sinai and they are brothers
to Christ. Yahweh’s
name written in their foreheads says, these are my sons.
Note that these
sons are birthed out of Israel who is the Bride of Christ
and then they return as the Body of Christ, the groom company,
to marry the Bride.
Isaiah 62:5, “For as a young man marrieth a virgin,
so shall thy sons (the manchild) marry thee.”
you drop down to Revelation 14:9-11, you will find that the
mark of the beast is his name, also written in ones
Also note that
all of the sealing has to take place prior to the releasing
of the winds of war, that great and terrible day of the LORD.
Thus time is running out for the sealing of his Body.
who is the head of the body was the first one of the 144,000
6:27, Christ talking about himself, “For him hath God
the Father sealed.”
Isaiah 52:7, describes
the feet of this body. “How beautiful upon the mountains are
the feet of him that bringeth good tidings,
that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good,
that publisheth salvation; that sayeth unto Zion, Thy Elohim
feet of this body are those who have been sealed but are still
walking around with their feet on the ground.
Most members of this corporate body have gone on to
their reward but the feet company are just now being sealed
and will be perfected through obedience to suffering during
the long night of Jacobs trouble.
The feet are birthed last.
The natural realm
is a reflection of the spiritual realm so just as there is
procreation in the natural realm so there is procreation in
the spiritual realm.
3:6, “That which is born of flesh is flesh and that which
is born of Spirit (the Holy Spirit) is spirit.” This says that there is birthing into both realms.
It is the only way to enter into either realm.
“Except a man be born - - - of the Spirit
(Holy Spirit) he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” We have to be birthed into the kingdom, family, of Yahweh.
This scripture indicates that one parent of
the person being born into the spiritual realm will be the
Holy Spirit. God’s
Holy Spirit is Yahweh himself who is masculine and the spirits
of all Adamkind are feminine.
That is why he married the whole house of Israel at
Sinai. To be
born into God’s family as sons our feminine spirits must conceive
to his Holy Spirit.
The only way that we can develop that necessary close
relationship in the spirit is to walk in the spirit as he
is in the spirit.
The sealing of
the spirit is spiritual conception.
Christ was the first one of the 144,000 sealed and
he so stated in John 6:27.
Christ was sealed in the Jordan River when John saw
the Holy Spirit descend upon him and remain.
Christ received the seed of eternal life
at that time and the heavens were opened to him.
“For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given
to the Son to have life in himself.”
Christ was born sinless as the seed of the woman, but
he had to receive eternal life.
He received that seed of life when he was sealed in
the Jordan River. His
feminine spirit conceived to the Holy Spirit at that time.
Then in John 10:10,
he made the statement, “I am come that they might have life,”
He had received that life from the Father and now was
talking about sharing it.
In John 6:27 Christ
states that because he has been sealed by the Father
he will be able to give everlasting life to others.
This ties the sealing of the spirit with receiving
eternal life. There
are those who have received the seed of life in the here and
now who will be birthed into the spirit realm at the first
resurrection just as Christ was birthed into the spirit realm
on his resurrection day.
The Body of Christ
is the only group who receive the seed of spiritual life this
side of the grave. They
will gestate it in this life and be birthed into the spirit
realm at the first resurrection.
Then they will have a thousand years to fully mature
after their birth.
There is natural
life and there is spiritual life, there is natural death and
there is spiritual death.
We tend to confuse these two very separate kinds of
life and death.
We were all born
into this world spiritually dead and we will stay dead until
we receive spiritual life. That is why we call this life the “First Death” as compared
to the Second Death.
Yahshua mentioned the two types of life and death several
Matthew 8:22, “Jesus
said unto him, follow me and let the dead bury their dead.”
He meant let the Adamic man, who is walking around
spiritually dead, bury the naturally dead person who is in
“I am the resurrection and the life, (spiritual life)
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, (spiritually
dead, but believing) yet shall he live, and whomsoever liveth
(has spiritual life now) and believeth in me shall never die.”
The entire sentence is written in the present tense
and is talking about people who are walking around on this
earth. Note, believing is not enough; we must also receive that seed
of life. He is
not talking about the grave.
All of the disciples who received the seed of life
in the upper room have all gone to their graves.
They will be birthed into the spirit realm at the time
of the first resurrection while most people will wait another
thousand years to the general resurrection.
Those who are spiritually alive will hear that trumpet
blast and come forth; the rest will not hear that trumpet.
do not understand this scripture so they cut the sentence
in half and apply the first half to the natural and use it
at Funerals and throw the second half of the sentence away.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and
now is, when the dead (Spiritually dead) shall
hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall
live.” He is
not talking about resurrection, he is talking about the sealing
of the spirit and that it is about to start.
It started in the upper room.
The sealing of
the spirit is conception in the spirit and the rest of your
life is a gestation period where one grows and is perfected
through scourging, suffering and chastisement.
Anyone who thinks that Yahshua is just sitting somewhere
up on a throne has never met him.
He is busy every day working with those who he has
chosen to be his Body and rule his kingdom.
were sealed, conceived to the spirit, in the upper room when
Yahshua breathed upon them and said, “Receive ye the Holy
one of them was changed after they received that infilling
of the Holy Spirit.
Peter the coward became a spiritual giant.
Paul was sealed and conceived when Ananais laid hands
upon Saul of Tarsus and prayed and the Holy Spirit fell and
Saul became Paul the Apostle who gave us two thirds of the
Most members of
this corporate body have gone on to their reward but the feet
of this body are still being sealed and they will be perfected
during the turbulent days that lie ahead so it behooves us
to cast off all earthly weights and walk in the spirit as
he is in the spirit.
After we get into
the long night of Jacobs trouble there will be no more sealing
until after the marriage of the Lamb, only the perfecting
of those already sealed.
The whole body will be birthed into the spirit realm
as the Body of Christ at the first resurrection.
The birthing of
the Body of Christ will be that very momentous event described
in 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17, which is usually called the second
coming of Christ. Some
even call it the Rapture.
Actually it is the first resurrection, his coming to
retrieve his body and take it with him, back into the spirit
realm where he will present his brothers to his Father.
Later he will return with his body for the marriage
of the Lamb.
4:14-17, Verse 14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and
rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus
will God bring with him.”
When our bodies died our spirits returned to Yahweh,
here he is bringing back those who sleep in Jesus for
Verse 15, If we
paraphrase verse 15 it says that we, which are alive, spiritually
alive, and remain, the foot company of the body, will not
precede those who sleep in Jesus.
Verse 16, “For
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and
the dead in Christ (those who sleep in Jesus) shall
rise first: (The spiritually dead will not hear that trumpet
call and will sleep on for another thousand years.)
Verse 17, “Then
we which are alive (spiritually alive) and remain, (the foot
company) shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so will we ever be with the
Lord.” His Corporate
Body will be joined with He who is the head and they
will set up his kingdom.
If we take a look
into the New Heaven and the New Earth we find this picture.
“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God,
and of the Lamb, shall be in it; and his servants shall serve
him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall
be written in their foreheads.”
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